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Subject: aces are crawling up and down my sleave
first night of an epic four night Mass. run. and the first of four Dark Stars in a row. This is a sweet one. Jerrys domintaes this show and his playing and singing are great. "Death Don't Have No Mercy" is sung real nice and the jam in the middle is tasty. Graet encore. Compared to the raw energy the next night i would call this mellow yet worth every second of listening.
Subject: Beautiful Rag
I truly am enjoying this whole show again. Wow, what a sound this band had in '69, This version has much less hiss than the other currently available on archive.org--so 5 stars for that (since we're lucky to have any archive of this show at all). Also, this version is much more complete--so 5 stars for that. For me, the five star highlights are below:
To me, Doin' That Rag is the greatest--partly because I hardly ever hear versions of this one and partly because it is so groovy, with the high and low and fast and slow dynamics. I'm a sucker for dynamics. The lyrics fall at one point but pick back up. Garcia's solo has fantastic energy!--5 stars.
I also love the Dark Star and Death Don't Have No Mercy--55 starss.
No sense in saying anything negative here...
Subject: Nice discovery
I had never heard of this show so it was a great discovery for me. Not the best of this era but a few great performances. The hypnotic DS is a beauty as is Mountains of the Moon. There is a bit of hiss on the tape and the sound is a touch murky as mentioned in other reviews but it's still quite listenable.
Subject: good show, weak recording
this show is very good all around. the best part is the great Dark Star which imo is at least as good as the night after.
but the recording is very hissy, muddy, and at low volume. not to mention there's a bad cut of an otherwise nice Eleven, which is also a big determent. but it's still worth grabbing, as is every April show from '69.
Subject: early christmas present
so i've been a head for 29-30 years now, never, never had heard this show til this dreary, yet satisfying day...only thru dark star and alls i can say is thanks to this site (and jer natch!)
Subject: To the previous reviewer:
Well, you can hear Jerry saying the the tuning section before Morning Dew "Last time we were here, it was a collasal disaster..." ...
Also, thanks for drawing my attention to this show... I can get kind of burned out on 70's Dead, it's really refreshing to go back to 69 ... It's a totally different sound than what emerged in the 1970's ... In no way lacking ... Just different ... I love 69 Dark Starts - spacey, but still generally melodic and tonal ...
Subject: Second Dead Show at Clark
There was an earlier Dead show at Clark, the prior academic year, which is missing from the database.
I was a Freshman in the fall of '67. The Dead made their first appearance at Atwood Hall in late '67 or early '68. They performed a lot of material from Anthem although it had not been released yet. I was sitting near the center aisle when all of I sudden, maybe 40 minutes into the set, Paul MacGalliard goes running down the aisle towards the stage. That's funny, I thought. I wasn't used to seeing Paul, a man of significant size, move so fast. I was working with the theater group, learning stage lighting, and Paul, who was a year or two ahead of me, tolerated me and taught me the ropes. Suddenly I realized that all of the little red lights on the guitar amps had gone out. The Dead had blown out the power, but I was so entranced, I didn't even notice. The stage lights were still on, they were on a different circuit. The band members all picked up percussion instruments and just kept playing. (Maybe this was not the first time this had happened). They kept jamming until Paul threw the breakers and the power came back.
The Dead played a while longer until the circuits heated up and they blew the power again. It was no use, they excused themselves, and promised to come back, which they did in April of 1969. We had new power lines in Atwood, installed especially for them.
Our fabulous Student Affairs Board (SAB) -- RockDoc is absolutely right about them -- used to get great acts at times by trying to add an extra, non-prime night to an existing tour nearby. So if a group came to Boston for a Saturday night, we might try to book them for Friday, that sort of thing. For those who are not familiar with it, Clark's Atwood Hall is an intimate setting. It's a theater with a classic stage layout and balcony, but it seats only 658.
The date of (Saturday) April 19, 1969 on the poster could be correct. In '69 I drove to Boston the night before the gig and helped to collect the band at the Boston airport, and I helped them set up the following day; the performance could have been scheduled for a Saturday. However, the posters were printed far in advance, and plans sometimes changed at the last minute. If the band was running late, (and note that they played Indiana on Friday, April 18), then we would have pushed everything forward one day until Sunday. The band flew and the gear came by truck, and that is a long drive to do in a single day.
There was a small party on the stage before the set, in addition to everything that happened afterwards. And Roland Kirk did have a gun.
So when was the missing first concert? I don't know exactly, but it must have been when the Dead came East for a tour. They appeared in New York on Friday, December 22, 1967. The next earlier date in the database is Wednesday, December 13 in Los Angeles. So it's possible they came to Clark on Friday December 15, or Saturday December 16, 1967, but that would not have given them enough time to drive the gear from California. Another possibility is the first week of 1968, since they played Boston on Saturday, December 30, 1967. They could have played Clark Saturday, January 7, 1968, and had enough time to get back to Bakersfield for their next gig on January 14.
RockDoc brings back lots of memories. Owsley was an educational experience all by himself. I hear that Soupy is still alive and well. I remember that apartment. Bob Weir was right. It was much stranger upstairs.
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" April 20, 1969 at Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.
Forty years ago today the GRATEFUL DEAD were playin' at Clark University in Worcester Massachusettes, where were you?
I couldn't be there in 69' but I showed up today, where were you?
Classic Magical, Mythical 1969 Sound.
A "MUST HAVE" Show.
"Dark Star" is as it should be with all the right sounds in all the right places.
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1969 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
5 Stars for the mix, recording, performance and transfer.
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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1969.
Clark University got lucky this night...Listen.
PS: Get em' while you can, get em' while they're free, get em' now or you'll be sorry...the Man giveth and the Man taketh away...WTTW
Al Astrella -
Subject: clark show
Hi RockDoc, thanks for review on Clark show. Like you, I saw a good number of shows at Atwood hall (Ten Years After was a great show).I do remember that poolin the basement. I wonder if our paths ever crossed? Are there any photographs from this show? And what is true date of this show? Poster says 19th, deadbase says 20th. Also, what is this about 2nd dead show? Deadbase does not list it, and I never heard of it. And I grew up in Worcester. Al Astrella
Subject: Clarkie Experience
I was a freshman at Clark. Clark always had great music because of guys like David DePaul (rest his soul), Bob Eckert, and Steve DePaul who served on the SAB. How many other schools with a student body of under 1500 had Hendrix, the Dead (at least twice), Janis, Chuck Berry, the Chambers Brothers, the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, James Taylor, Ray Charles, Ten Years After, etc, etc, in the space of 4 or 5 years?? This was my first Dead concert--I had listened to the first album and Anthem of the Sun until the grooves were worn out. Aoxomoxoa and Live Dead would be released later that year. It was the first time I'd ever seen a man wearing a ponytail (or pigtails---Owsley!). Jerry without a beard. Weir looked about 15. Mickey Hart tried to pick up "Cowboy Neil's" girlfriend--he was pretty anguished over the whole deal Mountain Girl was there--she was incredibly beautiful back then. I was at Atwood Hall for the sound check. Roland Kirk made a big deal about who was billed as the first act. The Dead were consulted and said it was cool for Kirk to get first billing, but not before he actually pulled out a gun. That's a whole other story, but those who were there know it's true. There was lots of liquid stuff being passed around by Owsley. A post-party at Soupy's apartment with a cake that was literally green from the organic ingrediants (LOL). Bobby Weir was walking down the stairs telling someone that if they thought it was weird downstairs they should check out the upstairs.
The Dead were really phenomenal. They did St Stephen with canon and all. Duprees and Mountains of the Moon were treasures--I had never heard before because the album hadn't yet been released. This was the beginning of a long love affair between me and the Dead. Many visits backstage, first through my close friendship to Andy who got to know Jerry and other member of the Dead family pretty well, and later by my friendship with Steve Marcus, their ticket manager. One of my all-time best memories of Clark, though, was this concert. I'm amazed that it has been preserved all these years. Perfect flashback.
Sound is low and there's quite a bit of hiss, but besides that, it's an amazing show.
Mike Ashenfelder -
Subject: Mountains of the Moon
A very sweet "Mountains of the Moon," marred slightly by an out-of-tune acoustic guitar.